In a shocking incident, A teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up Sunday to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away.
The 19-year-old said that he thought he was dreaming as he heard a “crunching sound,” only to wake up in “immense pain” as the black bear attempted to drag him away from the Glacier View Ranch campsite, as per the statement from the Colorado Parks & Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.
The teen punched and hit it and other staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the bear, which eventually left.
In his statement, Dylan said, “I just started hitting the bear as hard as I could,” Dylan said. “And I found its eye, and I started poking it with my fingers…and it dragged me for about 10 feet before I was able to get it off of me.”
Black bears aren’t usually aggressive but have attacked several people in the West in recent weeks.
The bear’s behavior was so atypical that any bear found in the traps in the next few days will likely be euthanized and officials will test later to see if it was the same bear involved in the attack using DNA evidence.